I20 THE GAY GENIUS when they were walking together in the country and discussing the political condition of the country, Tseyu gave his elder brother a piece of advice. Su Tungpo's one great fault was his habit of always speak- ing his mind before guests or in writing. The times were bad, and Tseyu knew his brother all too well. As he did later after Tungpo's release from confinement, Tseyu put his hand across his mouth, whiclf was to tell him to keep still henceforth. The two brothers were different in temperament and appearance. Tseyu was taller, and had a plumper, rounder face, with plenty of loose flesh round his cheeks, while Su Tungpo had a more muscular build, with the right proportion of bone and muscle. As far as we can judge from his portraits, he was about five feet seven or eight, had a big face with very prominent cheekbones and an imposing forehead, extremely long, brilliant eyes, a well-proportioned chin, and a beautiful, tapering^ long, mandarin beard. The most revealing was his sensitive, mobllej full-powered lips. It was a face which flashed and glowed with human! warmth, quickly changing its expression from hearty fun to a pensive look of thought-drunk fantasy. "I know," said Su Tungpo to his brother, "that I am always careless of my speech. When I feel something is wrong, it is like finding a fly in my food, and I just have to spit it out." "But you've got to know the people you are talking to," said his brother. "Some people you can trust, and some you cannot.'1 "That's my weakness," Su Tungpo agreed. "Perhaps I am too con- fiding in nature. Regardless of whomever I am talking with, I like toj unburden my whole inside." ^m He told his brother that when he had sent the letter to the Emperor, he was truly afraid for his life. One of his friends, he said, was also worried. This was Chao Tuanyen,* who had come to visit him, and who, having passed the examinations in the same year with him, was often referred to as of the "same class", in the same sense as modern college graduates of the same year. "But I told Chao I had passed the special examination under Emperor Jentsung," Su Tungpo went on, "and that I was at once regarded by the high officials as a friend. And the Emperor had accepted my advice. If I did aot speak up now, who would ? I told Chao that what I was re afraid of was that I might be killed. Chao remained silent and very grave. Then I said to him: 'It's all right. If the Emperor wanl to kill me, I shall take it without regret. But there's one thing, I don't want to give you the pleasure of seeing me dead.' And we both laughed." **Do you know something?" said the younger brother. "Do you notice tfeat when one has a day of leisure, it seems twice as long as other days ? * Father oTChao Pucluh., who became Tungpo's disciple. '